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Unread Yesterday, 12:51 PM   #1
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1988 JEEP YJ - 4c 2.5L - NEWBIE

Hi All, Hows it going? After a lot of searching around I see this seems to be the place to go for advice.

I recently acquired a 1988 Jeep Wrangler YJ from a friend. The thing is in great shape and I would love...love love love to hook it up a bit for a little off roading, camping and road running.

I am looking for advice on lifting it (35's) and if so is my 4c engine going to need a replacement (i'm guessing yes)

Thanks in advance for the help!

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You dont need to replace the 4banger, you can always regear. Im actually about to step up to 35s before winter.

I see youre local, check out our club http://brassballsoffroad.forumchitchat.com/

One of the guys on there has his own fab shop and does lifts too
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If you use it as a dialy driver and drive more than 20 miles each way, then the 35s will be terrible with out changing the gears or engine drivetrain combo.

But for a trail rig or just a beach machine, 35s on the 4 banger are FUN... You not gonna see 5th or 4th any more and when wheeling you going to be in Low range all time, but I have the funnest time of my life in a jeep that was fitted with 35s.. BROKE a lot of parts being stupid, but at that age stupid could be over come, now I try to be smart as money and family obligations suck it fast as I make it.
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Keep the banger. I replaced mine w/ a new motor because they are super easy to work on and they are light. I run with 4.5'' RE kit with 35"s on 4.88 gears and it drives excellent. Only engine mods are intake, TB spacer, intake, and exhaust. Very happy with my setup!
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the 4 cyl can handle 35's, if you regear to at least 4.56 but preferably 4.88. any higher number than that requires different axle. You can wheel it that way with the stock 4.10 but it wont be ideal..
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the 4 cyl can handle 35's, if you regear to at least 4.56 but preferably 4.88. any higher number than that requires different axle. You can wheel it that way with the stock 4.10 but it wont be ideal..
I have to disagree here. 4.88's are a must. 4.88's and 33's are perfect on a 2.5. For 35's 5.13's would be a better option.
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I said it would work, not be good
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